congratulation

noun
con·​grat·​u·​la·​tion | \ kən-ˌgra-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce congratulation (audio) , -ˌgra-jə- \

Definition of congratulation

1 : a congratulatory expression usually used in plural Congratulations on your promotion.
2 : the act of congratulating

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Examples of congratulation in a Sentence

Let me offer you my congratulations for being elected. Please send her my congratulations. I sent her a letter of congratulations.
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Recent Examples on the Web On the heels of a humbling year, the Oscars — usually a frothy night of self-congratulation — this year may feel more like a therapeutic rally for an industry in the midst of convulsive change. Jake Coyle, Anchorage Daily News, "Is this an ‘Asterisk Oscars’ or a sign of things to come?," 25 Apr. 2021 On the heels of a humbling year, the Oscars — usually a frothy night of self-congratulation — this year may feel more like a therapeutic rally for an industry in the midst of convulsive change. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Is this an 'Asterisk Oscars' or a sign of things to come?," 22 Apr. 2021 But Micky Arison’s congratulation tweet did raise some eyebrows that there is a back story here. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Should Heat be able to acknowledge that some games just mean more?," 22 Apr. 2021 There was a brief and quickly forgotten round of bipartisan self-congratulation after the passage of the $305 billion Fixing America’s Surface Transportation under Obama in 2015. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The End of Infrastructure Week," 30 Mar. 2021 Now movies are only about indoctrination and self-congratulation; the man behind the curtain says, Pay no attention to freedom, liberty, your bill of rights, or fun. Armond White, National Review, "The Reeducation Oscars," 17 Mar. 2021 The Grammys are usually the music world’s big moment each year for glitz and self-congratulation, with flashy performances and the minting of new pop royalty. New York Times, "Grammys 2021: Women Sweep Awards Shaped by Pandemic and Protest," 15 Mar. 2021 The nation is grappling with social and economic crises that might make a Hollywood awards show seem especially out of step, unless the behind-the-scenes gurus find a way to balance self-congratulation with earnestness. NBC News, "The Golden Globes are usually a boozy party. This year's show could have a different vibe.," 28 Feb. 2021 After the celebration and self-congratulation end, there may be a few fixes to hem in a future leader as openly corrupt as Trump—but not to deal with the larger corruptions his rise presupposed. Samuel Moyn, The New York Review of Books, "How Trump Won," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of congratulation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for congratulation

see congratulate

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The first known use of congratulation was in the 15th century

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8 May 2021

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“Congratulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/congratulation. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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congratulation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of congratulation

: a message telling someone that you are happy because of his or her success or good luck : words that congratulate someone
used to tell someone that you are happy because of his or her success or good luck often + on
formal : the act of telling someone that you are happy because of his or her success or good luck : the act of congratulating someone

congratulation

noun
con·​grat·​u·​la·​tion | \ kən-ˌgra-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce congratulation (audio) \

Kids Definition of congratulation

1 : the act of expressing pleasure at another person's success or good fortune
2 : an expression of pleasure at another person's success or good fortune usually used in pl.

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